Statement of Solidarity
When we are given no voice, we are stripped of our power and the ability to self-direct our lives. We stand with those who have been powerless because of a power structure that does not seek out and value all diversity. We can give our best when all lives matter because black lives matter, and powerless voiceless people everywhere matter as much as those in power.
Help Protect Civil Rights of People with Disabilities
Your calls and emails to your two Senators and your Representative to Congress are very much needed at
this time to protect civil rights of people with disabilities. Congress is working on the next stimulus
bill which includes addressing three very important disability priorities. Here is the information you
- The Secretary of the Department of Education wants to grant waivers
allowing suspension of IEPs. Disability advocates fear that once this is done, we will have a very
difficult time avoiding abuse of waivers in the future. IEPs and special education services are a civil
right. We cannot let any waivers be granted. Ask for the next stimulus bill to have a prohibition of the
granting of waivers for IDEA by the Secretary of the Department of Education.
- The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentristry (AADMD), a
highly respected national organization, has issued a policy letter stating that "because of
limitations or behavior that may impact clinical care for individuals with intellectual and developmental
disabilities, a family caregiver or agency personnel must be allowed to be with the person with a
disability and to give information relevant to that individual s care to medical personnel."
Ask that these reasonable accommodations be included.
- AADMD has a second policy letter
stating that "the presence of an intellectual or developmental disability must not be used as a
factor for determining life expectancy or quality of life and, furthermore, must not be used used as an
exclusion criterion for ventilator support or the allocation of other scarce medical resources. The same
medical risk factors applied for other patients should be those considered for patients with intellectual
and developmental disabilities." Ask for prohibition of discrimination in access to health care
screening, testing, treatment, and ventilators based on disability.
The Spring 2020
issue of The Communicator is now out!
Upated AutCom publication
How Safe Is The Schoolhouse? A Summary and Analysis of State Restraint and Seclusion Laws and Policies
Updated July 3, 2019
The editors of The Communicator regret an error in the
Fall 2018 newsletter in which a shortened version of an
article by Nick Pentzell was accidentally included rather than
the full version. We are pleased to offer you the complete
Response to DEEJ
by Nick Pentzell
Welcome to the web page of Autism National Committee
(AUTCOM)! This is the only autism advocacy organization
dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism"
through a shared vision and a commitment to positive
approaches. Our organization was founded in 1990 to
protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of all
persons with autism and related differences of
communication and behavior.
Position papers and articles about autism - sensory processing, movement, relationships, IQ, early intervention, inclusive education and much more...
In May 2012 the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication announced the formation of a committee to advise their Board on the formulation of a FC Position Statement. The committee members were not revealed and the very strict requirements given for studies or other information which the committee will accept give the AutCom Board great concern. Follow these links to read more: